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Michelle Waters
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I am a middle school English teacher and writer
I am a middle school English teacher and writer

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In this age of high stakes multiple choice testing, writing in secondary classrooms has almost become a lost art. Thanks to programs like the Oklahoma Writing Project, which is a site of the National Writing Project established in 1978, teachers from many…

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After three weeks of Oklahoma Writing Project Summer Institute training, a summer spent researching best practices for promoting literacy, and unpacking our new Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts, I am confident that I can lead my…

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Introducing The #ELAOK PLN Lesson Repository

If you’re one of those Oklahoma teachers working diligently this summer to align your curriculum to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts, stop right now! Oklahoma educator Jennifer Williams has spearheaded the creation of a…

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The 2016 legislative session ended with a lot of big changes for Oklahoma teachers and their students. Not only do we have new English language arts standards, but students will also no longer be required by the state to pass End-Of-Instruction exams…

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Are your student essays as bland and lifeless as a rice cake? Teach them how to add FAT to their essays with Figurative language, Appositive phrases, and Transition words. These techniques will ensure your student’s voices will add spice to those…

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Note: Walt Whitman wrote “I Hear America Singing” in the mid-19th century as an anthem of American and democratic vitality expressed through the labor and ingenuity of its common people. The following poem is my response to Whitman’s celebration and…

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It may seem like I’ve fallen off the face of the planet. Actually, I just discovered the Hogwarts for writing teachers: Oklahoma Writing Project Summer Institute. After working with 22 other OWP fellows and coaches for three weeks, I feel my writing and…

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As a writer and English teacher, I want my writing to be perfect. Many of our students want the same thing. We all want what we see or hear in our heads to be exactly what we put onto paper, and this is doubly true for the writing we put online for the…

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With Harriet Tubman about to take up residence on our $20 bills, this could not be a better time to learn more about the life and legacy of the Civil War Era abolitionist, freedom fighter, and former slave. Here are some resources to help you on that…

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Deadlines And Consequences Or Deadlines And Grace?

I hear teachers, legislators, and other people state that when they were in school, teachers assigned essays and insisted that they deadlines were met. If you missed the deadline, you received a zero, and that was that. I see their point. I used to a be a…
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